Little children's Dresses
--Naked Arms and Neck.
--A distinguished physician who died some years since, in Paris
"I believe, that during the twenty-six years I have practiced my profession in this city, twenty thousand children have been carried to the cemeteries, a sacrifice to the absurd custom of exposing their arms naked."
I have often thought, if a mother were anxious to show the soft, white skin of her baby, and would cut out a round hole in the little thing's dress just over the heart, and then carry it about for observation by the company, it would do very little harm.
But to expose the baby's arms, members so far removed from the heart, and with such feeble circulation at best, it is a most pernicious practice.
Put the bulb of a thermometer to a baby's mouth, the mercury rises to 99 degrees.
Now, carry the same bulb to its little hand.
If the arms be bare and the evening cool, the mercury will sink to 40 degrees.
Of course all the blood which flows through these arms and hands must fall from 20 to 40 degrees below the temperature of the heart.
Need I say that when these cold currents of blood flow back into the chest, the child's general vitality must be more or less compromised!
And, need I add, that we ought not to be surprised at its frequently recurring affections of the lungs, throat and stomach!
I have seen more than one child with habitual cough and hoarseness, or choking with mucus, entirely permanently relieved by simply keeping its arms and hands warm.
Every observing and progressive physician has daily opportunities to witness the same simple cure.